Baby Blue presents a solo exhibition of new sculptural works by Eric Stefanski. The pieces are constructed disorderly with repetitive gestures. This reflects the neuroses of his studio practice and the value of labor for its own sake. The materials and objects function as working class signifiers, e.g., a miller light sign, hand tools, concrete, etc. The physicality of the sculptures embodies a sense of the artist’s labor and anxiety to produce.
The chaotic assemblages are rendered cohesive by thick black paint. They then become aesthetic trophies, remainders of work just-to-work, self-congratulatory rewards for hours in the studio and sublimated masculinity. These haphazard fabrications fail as everything, except as art.
Eric Stefanski (b.1987) is a Chicago based artist. He earned an MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a BA from DePaul University. He currently works as an adjunct professor at Morton College.